Get to Know Glow!
Christina is the owner and founder of Glow Event Design. She began her career as a fashion designer, finishing top her of class at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She went on to work for companies such as Marmot and Old Navy, as well as designed a women’s intimates line that was sold to a larger brand and is now distributed worldwide. She left the fashion world to start Glow and pursue her passion for entertaining. Her keen eye for design helps her work with clients to create perfectly styled events. She has a friendly and upbeat personality, with a “can do” attitude that makes no task impossible. Christina has been the keynote speaker at industry events in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Orange County. Her work has been featured in national blogs and international magazines, making Glow Event Design a sought after planning studio.
Hobbies: Road biking and gardening
Sources of Inspiration: Bright colors and patterns, unique fabrics and the California lifestyle
Fun Fact: She has a Norwich Terrier named Joey
Jen has always been a natural-born event planner and immediately pursued her passion in the events industry upon graduating from New York University. With a knack for logistics and love for creating unique experiences, she launched and grew the event businesses at UrbanDaddy, Curbed Network, and Vox Media while working with a large range of clients within the tech, auto, spirits, and lifestyle industries. Jen excels at creating immersive, visual experiences that highlight brands’ unique messaging and marketing objectives. No challenge is too great, and she thrives on finding creative solutions to ensure client success. After eight years in the digital media industry, she is excited to focus on creating new events for Glow’s corporate team. In her spare time, Jen enjoys traveling with her family, exploring the SF restaurant scene, and taking dance classes.
Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, and dancing
Inspiration: Design using unexpected materials, warm lighting, interiors
Fun Fact: Jen is a member of an Oakland-based hip hop dance company that performs around the Bay Area.
Cynthia’s passion for event design was evident while studying Visual Communications at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Having spent 8 years in Corporate Events with high profile clients like BMW it wasn’t until she assisted on her first wedding that she got the taste of the wedding industry. She quickly signed up for the Wedding Planner Certification course at Cal State East Bay to gain the knowledge needed to plan beautifully orchestrated weddings and events. She now uses her experience to help wedding day dreams come true by capturing all the details while ensuring every event is unique to the couple’s vision. When she’s not tackling timelines, Cynthia enjoys adventures with her beautiful family, hiking and yoga.
Hobbies: Hiking, painting and calligraphy
Inspiration: Creative window displays, nature, fine art museums
Fun fact: She has a keen sense of direction and never gets lost
Melanie was born and raised in the East Bay and returned to the Bay Area after spending time living in Utah, Dallas and Indonesia. Her love of event planning started in college and upon graduation, underwent “event planning boot camp” at a corporate events DMC in Dallas. While at the firm she personally handled 100 events each year and gained a strong logistical foundation. She is a genius at multitasking and creative problem solving, and clients love her upbeat personality and positive attitude. She’s also an accomplished lifestyle photographer which gives her a strong editorial style. Melanie is excited to be part of the Glow team where she can more closely focus on each client and create highly styled and personal events.
Hobbies: Traveling the world and writing about her adventures in her travel blog MeAndMr.com
Inspiration: Natural sunlight, nature, pastel colors, fresh letterpress
Fun Fact: Melanie’s photos have been published in Cosmopolitan Indonesia and PaperCity Magazine
Bari has always been a planner at heart, keeping her imagination rolling and putting the pen to paper at any chance she could get. She grew up in New York and went to college for Event Planning and Management at New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology. It was through her experiences there that Bari truly found her passion for weddings. She quickly dove into the wedding and event planning and design field and has never looked back. Bari knew that San Fransisco was the perfect host for the wedding industry and at the end of 2015, she made the giant leap from the east coast to the west. Bari is so excited to join the Glow team and bring her experiences from New York weddings over to the San Francisco area! Bari has event experience with private, corporate, non-profit’s and weddings.
Hobbies: Crafting, Reading, and Traveling
Inspiration: Nature, Fall Colors, and Interior Design
Fun Fact: She has a photographic and video-graphic memory!
Nikki’s passion for San Francisco and all it has to offer began when she first moved here a decade ago to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. After spending the last 8 years as a buyer for Levi’s and Pottery Barn, she was ready for a change of pace and decided to pursue her gift for throwing a fabulous party. Nikki’s keen eye for style allows her to create events that are unique and Pinterest-worthy. She loves helping her clients infuse creative and personal touches to make any type of event uniquely their own. She is also the master at onsite event management and has a way of handling anything that comes her way with grace and a smile.
Hobbies: Personal styling, Traveling, Interior Decorating
Inspiration: People, Colors, Innovative Design
Fun Fact: I learned to ride a unicycle before a bicycle.
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